Scotch has been in short supply this year. Call it sympathy sobriety. But I picked up a bottle of Auchentoshan recently. Yah, it's a repeat but a 5 shot review said it was worthy of revisiting. I compared it to Cardhu in my previous review and I think that still holds up. Very bold and then soothing. A little more peat than I remembered but a very good single malt. Today, I wouldn't give it 5 shots. It's a strong 4 though. I wonder if my absence from the world of scotch has changed my appreciation of this liquid mental health pack. Or maybe different bottles have different subtleties. I know I've had wildly different experiences with other brands over the years.
In any case, I'm enjoying this bottle. I'm not demolishing it, just enjoying it. It's a different approach to be sure. I'm happy to be someplace where scotch is a luxury and not a necessity. This bottle actually sat, unopened, for over a week in my house. The times they are a changin.